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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jan 16, 2011 4:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A little guitar help please

The technique is called pinch harmonics, a country and a heavy metal soloing technique...

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 16, 2011 5:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A little guitar help please

Strat - you mean to say the whole solo is played as harmonics! This doesn't sound like your typical squealie...

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 16, 2011 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A little guitar help please

This is correct. Eddie Van Halen made a lot of hay out of using False Harmonics, but I prefer The Jer's... :)

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Poster: drspark61 Date: Jan 16, 2011 5:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A little guitar help please

Jerry's solo in Tennessee Jed frequently includes false harmonic picking.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 16, 2011 5:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A little guitar help please

Sorry DH - I'll eat a little humble pie on this one... you were right! Thanks guys, now I have another technique to try to learn... ; )

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jan 16, 2011 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A little guitar help please

thanks strat, I wasn't familiar with the terminology but with a little "investigation" I found that it a sound we are all probably familiar with

"A pinch harmonic or pick harmonic is a guitar technique pioneered by Roy Buchanan on the 1962 recording of "Potato Peeler" in which the player's thumb or index finger on the picking hand slightly catches the string after it is picked, canceling the fundamental of the string, and letting one of the overtones dominate...

One of the earliest guitarists to frequently use pinched harmonics in his playing was Leslie West of Mountain, active during the early 1970s. But it was artists such as Billy Gibbons, Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai who made the technique popular, utilizing the tremolo arm and high gain amps together with the pinch harmonic. This ended up producing wild, screaming, horse-like wails from the instrument. Steve Vai composed a track named "Bad Horsie," that uses heavy pinch harmonic techniques. Also notable, as Steve Vai's tutor, is Joe Satrianis' use of the pinch harmonic, along with the Whammy bar to sound his signature "Satch Scream"...

The technique is also used commonly in other sub-genres of heavy metal, particularly by guitarists such as Steve Morse, Glenn Tipton, Zakk Wylde, Jari Mäenpää, Richie Sambora and Dimebag Darrell. One guitarist of the rock genre who is widely known for his use of pinch harmonics is Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, who uses them frequently in guitar solos, an excellent example being the second solo on the well known ZZ Top track "La Grange". The lead guitarist of avant-garde metal band Psyopus, Christopher Arp, uses pinch harmonics extensively. Another superb exponent of this technique was the late great Irish Blues/Rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, as heard in the soloing on the track "Walk On Hot Coals" from the album "Irish Tour '74"

http://www.cyberfret.com/techniques/harmonics/pinch/index.php

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Poster: hasher Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A little guitar help please

"A pinch harmonic or pick harmonic is a guitar technique pioneered by Roy Buchanan on the 1962 recording of "Potato Peeler" in which the player's thumb or index finger on the picking hand slightly catches the string after it is picked, canceling the fundamental of the string, and letting one of the overtones dominate..."


^^This. Is just exactly what it is.


Hold the pick so your thumb is just above the point of the pick with your index finger just below the point and try to pluck the string with the pick and the edge of your thumb at almost the same time. You can hear the effect best when playing notes high on the fretboard with a good amount of distortion like on the Loser solo.


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Poster: snori Date: Jan 17, 2011 2:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A little guitar help please

'An original country style rock'n'roll guitar player who had a nice tone, amazing chops, and was much neglected'. Garcia on Roy Buchanan, still one of my favourite guitarists.